“Hatemonger”: Author Jean Guerrero On Stephen Miller, Trump’s White Nationalist Immigration Henchman

Democracy Now (8/26/20) A new book on Stephen Miller, the architect of the Trump administration’s unprecedented attack on immigrant communities and the immigration system, describes the White House adviser as a dangerous man bringing white nationalist ideology to the highest levels of government. “This is what shapes the immigration policy,” says Jean Guerrero, author of “Hatemonger: Stephen Miller, Donald Trump, and the White Nationalist Agenda.” Miller, descended from Jewish immigrants, has been obsessed with fighting multiculturalism since his teenage years and has steadily climbed the right-wing political ladder to become one of Donald Trump’s most trusted associates. He is credited…


Notably Quotable: “You don’t have to like me, but…”

“You don’t have to like me, but — please — listen to me.” — Michel Cohen, former Trump lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen’s First Anti-Trump Ad Drops and It Is Scathing ***** “There were apparently photos that reflected the Falwell-Granda arrangement in some fashion, and Michael Cohen, Trump’s fixer, in 2015 was involved in making them go away and so got his hands on them. He also brokered Falwell’s endorsement of Trump. How exactly all that transpired is unclear, but it seems likely that Falwell’s endorsement was related to his desire to make sure the story of his unusual marital arrangement did…


Dems Better Understand — And Quick — Hugs & Empathy Won’t Defeat Trump

Not being Trump seems like Biden’s main pitch. By Suzanne Moore The Guardian (8/21/20) I missed the balloons, the streamers, the strutting around the stage. I missed the lines carefully calibrated for applause and the veering off-script. I missed the theatricality. But the revolution is now streaming. The pandemic meant the Democratic convention was televised online, in four nights of two-hour party political broadcasts. There was no pizza big enough for this endurance test. The convention felt like a charity marathon without an audience, punctuated with unfunny comedy and sob stories. Tear-jerking speeches informed us that Joe Biden is a nice man….


If Joe Biden Continues To Shun The Progressive Base, Trump Wins

By Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan Common Dreams (8/20/20) During the official roll call at the virtual Democratic National Convention on Tuesday, representatives from 57 states and territories declared their delegate totals for Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden, each from an iconic setting highlighting their region. Native American delegates from the Dakotas and New Mexico greeted viewers in their indigenous languages. African American delegates spoke from Black Lives Matter Plaza in Washington, DC and the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama. The sweeping celebration of the Democratic Party’s diversity, however, also highlighted the party’s fracture between its centrist establishment and its emerging…


The Great Charade: Dems Campaign For … What, Exactly?

In our tribalized politics, war is peace, freedom is slavery and dissent is disloyalty. “This is a moment of apolitical crises — that is, crises that aren’t just manufactured by and confined to the political soundstage, but instead life-and-death, out-here-in-the-real-world emergencies in the realms of money, biology and ecology. We’re facing an economic and environmental collapse in the midst of a lethal pandemic. And we’re going through this cataclysm with a legislative branch controlled by right-wing senators, a court system that rubber stamps corporate demands and an authoritarian president whose major crisis-management experience was firing people on The Apprentice. “And yet, in the…


For Election Administrators Across The Nation, Death Threats Have Become Part Of The Job

Multiple election officials in Milwaukee quit after a chaotic Wisconsin primary in April. “Whoever caused this should be hung from a tree. That’s right, lynched. Jesus thinks you’re a piece of shit.” By Jessica Huseman ProPublica (8/21/20) Jared Dearing, the director of Kentucky’s Board of Elections, had little to do with Louisville, the state’s largest city, having only one polling place for the June 28 primary. It was a county decision, and it made sense. In-person turnout was expected to be low during the pandemic. The polling place, a convention center, offered multiple locations to cast ballots, and transportation by bus…


The Lawyers’ Committee For Civil Rights Under Law Denounces Trump’s Plan To Station Law Enforcement At Polling Locations

Federal Law Does Not Allow for Any Conduct Voters May Find Intimidating Lawyers’ Committee For Civil Rights (8/21/20) WASHINGTON – On August 20, President Trump announced that he will be stationing federal troops at polling sites in November. With an unprecedented number of Americans expected to vote in the upcoming election, and polling places limited due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we must ensure free and fair elections that encourage voter turnout, and not voter suppression. The following is a statement from Kristen Clarke, president and executive director, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. “In no uncertain terms, we fully condemn any…


Massive, Sophisticated $1 Billion Online Trump Disinformation Campaign Will Mess With 2020 Election

  Amanpour & Company / PBS (2/20/20) President Trump has personally pledged to spend one billion dollars if it will keep him in the White House. McKay Coppins, a journalist for The Atlantic, has identified how a substantial amount of this funding is being spent. After creating a Facebook page so he could follow pro-Trump social media accounts and communicate with online Trump supporters, Coppins uncovered something remarkable: a campaign-coordinated effort to undermine journalists and the mainstream press on a mass scale. Coppins told Hari Sreenivasan about the Trump campaign’s stunning effort to launch one of the largest disinformation campaigns…


The Coronavirus Stories The White House Buries

The Center For Public Integrity (8/22/20) Hi Watchdogs, and welcome back to your favorite newsletter. This week, we have another scoop on White House Coronavirus Task Force leader Dr. Deborah Birx’s  latest call with state and local leaders about the state of the pandemic, the reason why workplace deaths are on the rise and pilots fighting robots. Let’s get into it. What the White House doesn’t want you to know: The state of the pandemic. Every week, the White House Coronavirus Task Force issues weekly reports to governors about the current state of the pandemic but keeps these reports out of…


9 Reasons For Some Optimism That A COVID-19 Vaccine Will Be Widely Available In 2021

  By William Petri The Conversation (8/20/20) As fall approaches rapidly, many are wondering if the race for a vaccine will bear fruit as early as January 2021. I am a physician-scientist and infectious diseases specialist at the University of Virginia, where I care for patients and conduct research into COVID-19. I am occasionally asked how I can be sure that researchers will develop a successful vaccine to prevent COVID-19. After all, we still don’t have one for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Here is where the current research stands, where I think we will be in five months and…


Even Conservative Icon Tommy Thompson Is Getting Frustrated With State Republican Legislators

  Thompson Strikes Defiant Tone When Discussing Need For Legislature To Invest In State Universities. By Rich Kremer Wisconsin Public Radio (8/21/20) University of Wisconsin System President Tommy Thompson is striking a defiant tone in his quest to rebuild trust between Republican state lawmakers and state universities. He says the UW System is being micromanaged and “kept down” by the Wisconsin state Legislature. Since beginning his interim-term as UW System President, Thompson has become increasingly vocal about what he sees as a bruised relationship between the UW System and the Republican controlled state Assembly and state Senate. During a UW…


Environmental Groups Sue Trump Admin To Stop Liquefied Natural Gas Trains

  By Justin Mikulka Desmog (8/19/20) Nonprofit environmental law firm Earthjustice has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a coalition of environmental groups against the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), challenging a recently finalized Trump administration rule to allow the transportation of liquefied natural gas (LNG) by rail. “It would only take 22 tank cars to hold the equivalent energy of the Hiroshima bomb,” Jordan Luebkemann, an Earthjustice attorney, said in a statement. “It’s unbelievably reckless to discard the critical, long-standing safety measures we have in place to protect the public from this dangerous cargo.” As DeSmog has reported, the Trump administration has fast-tracked…


Trump’s Valet: Ron Johnson’s Ready To Destroy Our Postal Service

Johnson is playing the fool on Trump’s behalf. By John Nichols The Capital Times (8/23/20) Everyone in America is angry about the dismantling of the Postal Service by Donald Trump and Postmaster General Louis DeJoy. Except, of course, for Ron Johnson. The Republican senator from Wisconsin heads the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee that should be getting to the bottom of allegations of political scheming on the part of the Trump administration to slow down the mail in advance of a COVID-19 election where most people expect to cast their ballots by mail. But Johnson is, as always,…


Get Ready For Yet Another Post-Election Dem Retreat n’ Betrayal On Health Care

Democratic lawmakers have received $86 million from donors in the health care industry since 2019, according to OpenSecrets. That’s an average of $310,000 per politician. By Andrew Perez & David Sirota Jacobin (8/17/20) On the eve of a Democratic National Convention taking place as millions lose health care coverage, the health care industry is launching a new ad campaign pressing Democrats to back off the party’s already compromised health care promises. That pressure seems to be having its intended effect on Capitol Hill as congressional aides say the party will not push the initiative if Biden wins. The signs of retreat…


Democrat’s Flip-Flop On Fossil Fuel Subsidies Follows Deep Financial Ties To The Industry

The DNC quietly removed language from the party platform yesterday that endorsed an end to fossil fuel subsidies, after voting two years ago to allow itself to accept fossil fuel PAC contributions. By Donald Shaw Sludge (8/18/20) The Democratic National Committee has quietly dropped from its party platform language calling for an end to subsidies and tax breaks for fossil fuel companies, HuffPost reported on Tuesday. The language had been added to the platform in error, a DNC spokesperson told HuffPost. The day after a draft of the Democrats’ 2020 policy platform was released, July 23, climate journalist Emily Atkin noted that unlike the…


Greta Thunberg: After Two Years Of School Strikes, The World Is Still In A State Of Climate Catastrophe Denial

We can have as many meetings as we like, but the will to change is nowhere in sight. Society must start treating this as a crisis. By Greta Thunberg, Luisa Neubauer, Anuna De Wever & Adélaïde Charlier The Guardian (8/19/20) On Thursday 20 August, it will be exactly two years since the first school strike for the climate took place. Looking back, a lot has happened. Many millions have taken to the streets to join the decades-long fight for climate and environmental justice. And on 28 November 2019, the European parliament declared a “climate and environmental emergency”. But over these past two years, the…


Trump’s Postal Delays Of Critical Medicine & Food Gone Bad Hurts Wisconsin Families & Family Businesses

By Susan Lampert Smith Up North News (8/18/20) Jackie Gennett says the coronavirus pandemic didn’t kill her Bushel & Peck’s specialty food business, but the Trump administration’s throttling of the U.S. Postal Service just might. As her Beloit restaurant all but shut down during the pandemic, her specialty food mail-order business ramped up and she began shipping chive vinegar and dilly beans all over the country. She bought special boxes to be compliant with the USPS, her most affordable option for shipping. “Our online sales grew by 250 percent, a massive number in such a short time,’’ she said. But…


Seven Things To Know About The NRA’s Tangled Web Of Financial Misconduct

Breaking down the allegations in the New York attorney general’s lawsuit seeking to dissolve the gun group. By Tom Kutsch & Will Van Sant The Trace (8/17/20) After more than a year of investigating the National Rifle Association, New York Attorney General Letitia James announced on August 6 that her office is seeking to dissolve the organization because of vast financial misconduct. In addition to the NRA itself, the suit targets four current and former senior executives: CEO Wayne LaPierre; general counsel and secretary John Frazer; ex-COO Joshua Powell; and ex-treasurer Woody Phillips. Many of the allegations contained in the 164-page civil complaint are…


BBC: Vaccines, Money And Politics

BBC (8/11/20) Nearly every person on the planet is vulnerable to the new coronavirus, SarsCoV2. That’s why there are more than 100 projects around the world racing towards the goal of creating a safe and effective vaccine for the disease it causes, Covid-19, in the next 12 to 18 months. But this is just the first part of a long and complex process, working at a pace and scale never attempted before. In Vaccines, Money and Politics, Sandra Kanthal looks at the vast ecosystem needed to deliver a vaccination programme to the world in record time. Link To 28-Minute Audio…


As Congressional Republicans & Dems Dither & Dodge, A Crushing National Eviction Crisis Grows

  By Anna Bauman & Meghna Chakrabarti On Point / WBUR (8/17/20) The federal eviction moratorium has expired, yet a staggering number of Americans still can’t make rent during the pandemic. Without a safety net, are renters barreling toward an eviction crisis? Guests: Emily Benfer, law professor at Wake Forest University. Co-creator of the Eviction Lab housing policy scorecard. Chair of the American Bar Association coronavirus task force. (@emilyabenfer) Josephine Lee, organizer with El Pueblo Primero, a community-based workers’ rights group in Houston, Texas. Latisha Gonzalez, Ohio resident. Her landlord issued her an eviction notice last month. Sue Long, On Point listener. Small-scale landlord. She called…


Survey Finds One-Fifth Of Virginia Military Families Say They Don’t Have Reliable Food Access

  [Editor’s Note: But not to fear, the war contractors are doing just fine. Congress recently approved 12 additional scandal- and defect-plagued F35’s, which range from $95-$129 million apiece. But the soldiers? Let ’em hitch in their belts.– Mark L. Taylor] By Katherine Hafner Miliary.com (8/10/20) Nearly a fifth of active military families in Virginia say they can’t reliably afford enough food — and many even experience longer term hunger, according to a survey conducted by the Military Family Advisory Network. Most of those families are concentrated in the Hampton Roads area, the nonprofit said. “It’s something that caught us off…


Economic Perversion: Just 12 US Billionaires Now Own More Than $1 Trillion In Combined Wealth

‘Disturbing Milestone’ [Editor’s Note: As an extra twisted bit of perversion, three of those on the dirty dozen list are from the same family, the Waltons, who profit off their overworked and underpaid Walmart workers and taxpayers who subsidize the poor pay and benefits through having to provide food stamps and Medicaid for many of those workers; we all subsidize their unearned wealth. — Mark L. Taylor] By Jake Johnson Common Dreams (8/17/20) New research published Monday [8/17] by the Institute for Policy Studies shows that the dozen richest American billionaires now collectively own more than $1 trillion in wealth, a finding…


Instead Of A Much-Needed Political Revolution, Dem’s Chose Biden’s Easy Street Fantasy

  “If the Sanders-Biden battle was perceived as a choice between Sanders’s daunting promise of an exhausting revolutionary struggle and Biden’s promise of a glide path back to normal, then it’s no mystery why Biden ultimately prevailed. Easy street was an understandably alluring vision for an electorate already tired out by Trump’s never-ending conflicts and controversies. “In reality, though, this was not a choice between two possibilities — it was a choice between honesty and fantasy, and Democratic voters picked the latter. “That’s a problem, because Sanders was giving voice to truths that we cannot keep avoiding, omitting, or rejecting at…


A Commoner Writes: Chris Hedges Misses A Major Factor In Social Inequity

My response to the Chris Hedges article: America’s Homemade Bipartisan Failure & The Hellish Consequences To Come. Hedges write: “Banks are stockpiling reserves of cash to cope with the expected wave of bankruptcies and defaults on mortgages, student loans, car loans, personal loans and credit card debt. The ruleless-ness and anomie that defines the lives of tens of millions of Americans was orchestrated by the two ruling parties in the service of a corporate oligarchy. If we do not address this anomie, if we do not restore the social bonds shattered by predatory corporate capitalism, the decay will accelerate.” Question: Does…


Notably Quotable: “Why do the republicans get…”

“Why do the republicans get two conventions?” — Twitter comment, Dem Convention panned for hyping Colin Powell while sidelining Ocasio-Cortez ***** “My dad was a healthy 65-year-old. His only pre-existing condition was trusting Donald Trump, and for that, he paid with his life.” — Kristin Urquiza, Kristin Urquiza, who lost father to Covid, condemns Trump in powerful DNC address ***** “But at least for me, watching the cable TV snippets, the convention speeches and the celebratory Twitter dunks has left me with that feeling you get after eating junk food — full, but not nourished, bloated, tired and vaguely nauseous.” — David Sirota, You…


Chris Hedges: America’s Homemade Bipartisan Failure & The Hellish Consequences To Come

Regardless of the outcome, the election will not stop the rise of hypernationalism, crisis cults and other signs of an empire’s terminal decline. By Chris Hedges Scheerpost (8/10/20) The terminal decline of the United States will not be solved by elections. The political rot and depravity will continue to eat away at the soul of the nation, spawning what anthropologists call crisis cults — movements led by demagogues that prey on an unbearable psychological and financial distress. These crisis cults, already well established among followers of the Christian Right and Donald Trump, peddle magical thinking and an infantilism that promises…


Code Blue America: The Nation’s Bumbling, Bungled Response To Pandemic Crisis Claims Uncounted Victims

“Short term, I think it’s fair to say we really have not distinguished ourselves in a positive way by how we responded to the crisis when it was upon us. And the proof of the pudding of that is simply that we have five percent of the world’s population but 25 percent of the world’s deaths due to covid-19. And there’s no way to spin that in a positive light.” — Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) (8/14/20) ***** “Mr. President, after three and a half years, do you regret at all, all the lying you’ve done to the American people?” — S.V….


‘Exact Right Message’: Ed Markey’s Must-Watch 2020 Campaign Ad Praised For Hitting Trump’s Betrayal Of Social Contract

  “Can Ed Markey just take over marketing for the DNC? This pisses all over ‘build back better.’” — Amy Westerveldt, environmental journalist. By Julia Conley Common Dreams (8/14/20) With Americans demanding a “new deal” including racial justice, Medicare for All, far-reaching climate action, and an economy that works for working people, Markey positions himself as “The Green New Dealmaker” in the ad, noting his co-sponsorship of the landmark climate legislation with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.). After detailing his work in the Senate during the pandemic—securing $300 million for fishing industry disaster relief in the CARES Act and rejecting Trump’s attempt to “cheap out” by…


Building The New World We Need To Survive

“[James] Baldwin came to understand that there were some white people in America who refused to give up their commitment to the value gap. For him, we could not predicate our politics on changing their minds and souls. They had to do that for themselves. In our after times, our task, then is not to save Trump voters — it isn’t to convince them to give up their views that white people ought to matter more than others. Our task is to build a world where such a view has no place or quarter to breathe. I am aware that…


As The Pandemic Has Exposed The Rotted Core Of The Corporate Industrial Food System, The Resiliency Of The Local Agriculture Movement Offers Hope

  Despite some obvi­ous prob­lems, the indus­tri­al food sys­tem is a mar­vel of effi­cien­cy — until some­thing goes wrong.  By Joseph Mullington In These Times (8/14/20) The yel­low-brown com­post has been heaped into hills taller than the near­by bull­doz­ers. The piles don’t look like pigs, but that’s what they are. Pigs and woodchips. It’s mid-May and thou­sands of hogs have been killed and tossed in a wood­chip­per on this farm field in Nobles Coun­ty, Min­neso­ta. They rep­re­sent but a frac­tion of the num­ber of ani­mals that have met such an end here in the third-high­est hog-pro­duc­ing state in the coun­try. The Min­neso­ta Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture said on May 6 that at least 10,000 hogs were…


Joe Biden Needs Black Voters To Win. So Why Does He Keep Insulting Us?

The bottom line is, Biden is by no means a shoo-in. By Benjamin Dixon The Guardian (8/10/20) If the 2020 election was left up to white Americans, Donald Trump would be given a second term. According to the recent Hill-HarrisX poll, 50% of white voters would vote for Trump if the election were held today. So once again, it is up to Black voters to save America from itself. But when one considers how drastically the Democratic party needs the Black vote to perform for their candidate to win – according to some estimates, they need turnout rate of 65% of all…


Cornel West: Joe Biden Is A Neoliberal Disaster & Donald Trump A Neofascist Catastrophe!

Going Underground / RT (8/8/20) On this special episode of Going Underground, we speak to Prof. Cornel West. He discusses the 2020 election of Donald Trump vs Joe Biden, Joe Biden’s role in the rise of mass incarceration, US imperialism and foreign policy in the Middle East, the explosion at Beirut port in Lebanon, why Donald Trump’s opposition to Middle East intervention is farcical, the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic and the Trump Administration’s response, the loss of Bernie Sanders in the democratic primary, the murder of George Floyd and the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement and the challenging of…


Violent Crime Numbers Surge As Confidence In Law Enforcement Plummets

By Josh Campbell CNN (8/16/20) (CNN) — As the body counts rise, American cities remain ground zero for a deadly new reality. And those charged with keeping communities safe and helping flatten the curve of death are under fire and losing confidence from those they are sworn to protect. This isn’t coronavirus but a plague of violence in many American cities as murders and assaults spike during the global pandemic. From May to June 2020, homicides in 20 major US cities increased by 37%, led by Chicago, Philadelphia and Milwaukee, according to new data from the nonpartisan Council on Criminal Justice (CCJ) think…


ACT NOW! Save OUR Postal System

Step up to save OUR Postal Service emailing each person below saying you are a citizen who relies on postal service for bill paying and medication. Please ask each one below to stop the dismantling of OUR Postal service and say history will judge them.  Please help inundate them and try to prevent the dismantling of OUR postal service. This is critical. Thanks. The following is a list of six men who have the power to fire Trump-appointee Louis DeJoy. They are the USPS Board of Governors.  They have the power to rollback Trump’s hobbling of the USPS.  They have the power to…


Really, How Did Americans Become Such Wimps?

In fact, Americans are masochistic sheeple who let the rich and powerful walk all over them and thank them for the privilege. [Editor’s Note: Wimps? Yes, but don’t stop there, we can also add: suckers; patsies; blowhards; sheeple; yokels; dupes; dopes and marks. The list of American supine character goes on and on. — Mark L. Taylor] By Juan Cole Informed Comment (8/10/20) Nicole Winfield and Lisa Marie Pane at the Associated Press write at the unbelief with which Europeans are staring at the United States, as we head for 300,000 dead from the coronavirus and our economy shranks 33% on an…


Why Black Progressive Women Feel Torn About Kamala Harris

By Derecka Purnell The Guardian (8/12/20) Joe Biden has announced that Senator Kamala Harris will join his political pursuit of the White House. Women of color, particularly progressives, might feel torn. Perhaps they will be excited. Harris is sharp, strategic and witty, undoubtedly qualified to be vice-president of the United States. She graduated from a historically Black college and belongs to a prestigious Black sorority. A biracial woman with Jamaican and Indian heritage, we have seen her break color barriers and shatter glass ceilings, even though poor, Black women have felt and swept the falling shards. Thousands celebrated her senate seat win and…


Young Black Americans Are Not Sold On Biden, The Democrats … Or Even Voting

 “They’ve seen the election of Black mayors, they’ve seen the election of the first Black president, and they’ve also seen that their lives have not changed.” By David C. Barker & Sam Fulwood III The Conversation (8/5/20) Most political analysts define “swing voters” as those who swing their support from one party to the other between election cycles – determining winners and losers in the process. According to this conventional wisdom, the “swingiest” voters are working-class whites in the Midwest, who supposedly hold the keys to the White House. Meanwhile, by contrast, pundits often portray Black Americans as an undifferentiated mass – loyal Democrat-supporting foot…


Covid-19 Isn’t The Only Virus Killing Off Americans

  A raging virus of executive suite greed. By Jim Hightower Other Words (7/29/20) The holy mantra of health professionals was coined about 2,500 years ago by the Greek physician Hippocrates: “Do no harm.” Of course, that was before corporate healthcare took charge and asserted a new guiding ethic: “Jack up profits.” Putting this in practice, America’s largest and richest hospital chains rushed to the front of the COVID-19 bailout line this spring to pull $15 billion from the government’s emergency fund. They pocketed the taxpayers’ money despite sitting on tens of billions of dollars of their own cash reserves. But hold…


Infectious Disease Expert Michael Osterholm Predicts When U.S. Coronavirus Cases Will Again Explode

A back-to-school surge in COVID-19 “will far surpass what we saw after Memorial Day.” By Lee Moran HuffPost (8/11/20) Infectious disease expert Michael Osterholm on Monday contradicted President Donald Trump’s fanciful claim that the U.S. will soon be in “very good shape” with the coronavirus pandemic, instead predicting “an explosion” in new cases starting next month. Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, told CNN’s Don Lemon that the U.S. is “just really beginning to get to the really large part of the problem” with an average of 45,000 to 50,000…


Border Agents Are Permitted To Operate 100 Miles Inside The US. That Should Worry Everyone

“We are exempt from the fourth amendment.” By Todd Miller The Guardian (8/820) If you were under the notion that America’s borders are our international boundary lines with Mexico and Canada, think again. The US government’s notion of “borders” has long been much more legally expansive than most people realize; the “border” is increasingly everywhere. Americans learned that the hard way when “Trump troops” were let loose on the streets in Portland, assaulting protesters and pulling people out of their cars. These agents in military camouflage without insignia include the Department of Homeland Security’s Border Patrol Tactical Unit (Bortac), which…